Foggy conditions: Children, elderly people at high risk of falling ill
Srinagar, Dec 11:
Children and elderly people are at high risk of falling ill due to bone
chilling cold and foggy weather conditions in Kashmir, medical experts have
For the last one
week, Kashmir is reeling under intense cold wave conditions. Coupled with thick
fog, the situation has led to increase in health complications among the
Government Medical College (GMC), Srinagar Dr Parvaiz Ahmad Shah, cautioned that
toddlers, children and aged people should avoid exposure to cold and wear warm
“The high risk
groups especially people with hypertension, diabetes, chronic obstructive
pulmonary disorder should not venture out in cold. People with heart diseases
are prone to infections in these weather conditions which can cause pneumonia,”
Dr Salim Khan,
head department of Community Medicine, GMC, Srinagar, said dust particles,
which remain suspended in the air because of fog, can lead to respiratory
underlying symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, bronchitis,
asthma, allergic rhinitis are susceptible. People with cardio vascular diseases
are also vulnerable in the harsh environmental conditions. They are at high
risk of cardiac arrests. Such patients should follow their medication properly
and avoid much exposure to cold,” he said.
Dr Khan cautioned
parents against overburdening children with heavy clothing. “It can cause more
sweating which may be a reason for hypothermia,” he said.
Dr Naveed Ahmad
Shah, head department of Chest Medicine at Government Chest Disease Hospital
Srinagar, said there is high incidence of illnesses when the temperature dips
“The problem can
aggravate in patients who have allergic symptoms or suffer from cardio vascular
diseases and respiratory ailments as it increases the severity and frequency of
attacks,” he said.
foggy conditions and inclement weather can also lead to increased stress and
anxiety levels among the vulnerable section of society.
gloomy weather can increase the stress levels. In foggy conditions, people
especially commuters grow increasingly anxious during their travel. They are
constantly fearful their vehicles might collide due to poor visibility,” said
Dr Junaid Nabi, a psychiatrist.
Superintendent SKIMS Farooq Khan said patient inflow has not increased per se.
“We usually witness a high inflow of patients in winter season. The number is
the same and there is no significant rise in the number,” he added.